Weather might be a factor in Arlington school bond election

Voting ends today on $96 million for school construction and security upgrades.

Weather might be a factor in Arlington school bond election

ARLINGTON — It’s election day and voters in the Arlington School District are once again considering a big investment in students’ future.

Meanwhile, voters in a swath of unincorporated South County have a chance to phase out part of their past.

The deadline for returning ballots is at 8 p.m.

Ballots returned by mail do not require postage. But they must be postmarked by Feb. 12. Those received with a later postmark will not be counted.

Or, up until 8 p.m., ballots can be placed postage-free in one of eight designated drop boxes in use this election. Voters also can bring voted ballots to the county Auditor’s office between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Arlington School District voters are deciding the fate of a $96 million bond measure.

If passed, it would allow the district to tear down the existing Post Middle School and replace it with a $75 million building. It also would fund about $10 million in additions to Arlington High School and security upgrades.

This is the third time in a year that voters have been asked by the district to pass a school bond. After two failed attempts in 2018, the school board trimmed the amount in hopes of garnering enough support.

Thus far, turnout is trending lower than those previous votes. The unusually stormy weather may be a factor.

“We are concerned that the snow will keep people from getting out to vote, but we are more concerned and focused on getting schools opened and students safely back to school,” Superintendent Chrys Sweeting said Monday.

School bond measures must meet two thresholds to pass.

First, the total number of people who cast ballots must equal at least 40 percent of the number of voters in the November 2018 election. To achieve this validation figure, the Arlington School District will need at least 5,862 votes cast on the measure. As of Friday, 5,506 ballots had been returned.

Second, school bonds require a supermajority of 60 percent to pass. Last year, the larger bond put in front of district voters received 56 percent support in February and 52 percent in November.

Also Tuesday, voters in south Snohomish County will consider dissolving Snohomish County Fire District 1, a department that has essentially existed in name only since October 2017.

At that time, voters in District 1 and the city of Lynnwood approved creation of a regional fire authority known as South County Fire. The new agency absorbed all of the functions of District 1. Voters are now being asked to approve the district’s dissolution by the end of 2019.

Service is unaffected by the measure. All firefighters from District 1 became employees of South County Fire when it was formed.

Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623; jcornfield@herald Twitter: @dospueblos.

Where to drop ballots

For this election, there are eight designated boxes in Snohomish County in which voted ballots can be placed without a stamp until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Here are the locations:

Arlington: 135 N Washington Ave. (near library)

Bothell: 22833 Bothell Everett Hwy. (QFC parking lot)

Everett: Rockefeller Ave. and Wall Street (Courthouse Campus)

Everett: 600 128th St SE. (McCollum Park & Ride)

Lynnwood: 19100 44th Ave. W. (in front of City Hall)

Mill Creek: 159th Pl SE and Mill Creek Blvd. (in turnaround near post office)

Mukilteo: 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. (near library)

Smokey Point: 3300 169th Pl NE. (near Lowe’s)

Voters may also drop completed ballots at the county Auditor’s Office from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The office is at 3000 Rockefeller Ave. in Everett.

For more information, call the elections office 425-388-3444 or send an email to

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Local News

Snohomish residents Barbara Bailey, right, and Beth Jarvis sit on a gate atop a levee on Bailey’s property on Monday, May 13, 2024, at Bailey Farm in Snohomish, Washington. Bailey is concerned the expansion of nearby Harvey Field Airport will lead to levee failures during future flood events due to a reduction of space for floodwater to safely go. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Harvey Field seeks to reroute runway in floodplain, faces new pushback

Snohomish farmers and neighbors worry the project will be disruptive and worsen flooding. Ownership advised people to “read the science.”

Grayson Huff, left, a 4th grader at Pinewood Elementary, peeks around his sign during the Marysville School District budget presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
State OKs Marysville plan with schools, jobs on chopping block

The revised plan would mean the loss of dozens of jobs and two schools — still to be identified — in a school district staring down a budget crunch.

IAM District 751 machinists join the picket line to support Boeing firefighters during their lockout from the company on Thursday, May 16, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Amid lockout, Boeing, union firefighters return to bargaining table

The firefighters and the planemaker held limited negotiations this week: They plan to meet again Monday, but a lockout continues.

The Trestle’s junction with I-5 is under evaluation (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Here’s your chance to give feedback on the US 2 trestle and its future

Often feel overwhelmed, vulnerable and on shaky ground? So is the trestle. A new $17 million study seeks solutions for the route east of Everett.

John Pederson lifts a flag in the air while himself and other maintenance crew set up flags for Memorial Day at Floral Hills Cemetery on Friday, May 24, 2024 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Volunteers place thousands of flags by veterans’ graves in Lynnwood

Ahead of Memorial Day, local veterans ensure fellow military service members are never forgotten.

Brian Hennessy leads a demonstration of equipment used in fire training at the Maritime Institute in Everett, Washington on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
‘Ready to go full sail’: Maritime Institute embarks at Port of Everett

The training facility offers Coast Guard-certified courses for recreational boaters and commerical vessel operators.

George Beard poses for a photo outside of the the Stanwood Library in Stanwood, Washington on Wednesday, May 8, 2024.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)
From sick to the streets: How an illness left a Stanwood man homeless

Medical bills wiped out George Beard’s savings. Left to heal in his car, he got sicker. Now, he’s desperate for housing. It could take years.

Logo for news use featuring Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Lawsuit says Snohomish County deputies not justified in Sultan shooting

Two deputies repeatedly shot an unarmed Sultan man last year, body camera video shows. An internal investigation is pending.

An airplane is parked at Gate M9 on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. (Jordan Hansen/The Herald)
Good luck to Memorial Day travelers: If you’re like me, you’ll need it

I spent a night in the Chicago airport. I wouldn’t recommend it — but with flight delays near an all-time high, you might want to pack a pillow.

Editorial cartoons for Friday, May 24

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Cascade’s Mia Walker, right, cries and hugs teammate Allison Gehrig after beating Gig Harbor on Thursday, May 23, 2024 in Lacey, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Seniors Wilson, Tripp power Cascade softball past Gig Harbor

The pair combined for three homers as the Bruins won the Class 3A state softball opening-round game.

The original Mountlake Terrace City Council, Patricia Neibel bottom right, with city attorney, sign incorporation ordinance in 1954. (Photo provided by the City of Mountlake Terrace)
Patricia Neibel, last inaugural MLT council member, dies at 97

The first woman on the council lived by the motto, “Why not me?” — on the council, at a sheriff’s office in Florida, or at a leper colony in Thailand.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.